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By Prachatai |
Warong Dechgitvigrom, leader of the royalist-aligned Thai Pakdee Party, yesterday appeared in court to testify in a defamation case brought against him by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat has also filed a similar case.
By Prachatai |
<p>Two supporters of the monarchy charged with assaulting independent photojournalist Natthaphon Phanphongsanon have been sentenced to 2 months in jail and a fine of 5000 baht.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Video clips released on social media show&nbsp;the crowd booing&nbsp;as the Thai royal anthem played on stage and the words &quot;Please pay your respects to His Majesty the King&quot; appeared on the screen before the Blackpink World Tour kicked off in Bangkok.</p>
By Thidatep Piboon |
<p>Student-led pro-democracy protests have been going on for months. One of their tactics is to use royalist symbols, quotations and traditions as satirical weapons to challenge and criticize the government, tradition and society overall.</p>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<p>Throughout modern Thailand’s history, Royal Anthem videos have played a significant role in transforming the foundations of royal legitimacy. While the palace previously emphasised the King’s commitment to his duties as ‘Father of the Land’, anthem videos now push the Thai people’s duty to love the monarchy as ‘good children’.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>
By Khaosod English |
<div>Produced by GMM One, “I Was Born in the Reign of Rama IX: The Series” aired Monday through Thursday last week with lessons of morality and a political subtext weighted by reverence for King Bhumibol.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The four-episode series, which began after a month-long ban on entertainment lapsed, followed several middle-class Thais from Oct. 13 when they heard the news through Oct. </div>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div> <div>Recent ‘witch hunts’ as Thailand mourns its late King are the consequence of hyper-royalism, a culture of impunity and political polarisation, says a Thai sociologist. He speculates the hunts will last until celebrations for the new throne are completed. </div></div>
By Prachatai English |
<div><div>The UNHCR has denied its involvement with a Thai refugee accused of lèse majesté living in France and also condemned her for disrespecting King Bhumibol&rsquo;s death.</div></div>
<div> <div>Thailand’s Justice Minister says that 'social sanction' is the best way to protect the monarchy, adding that Thais should do the same with lèse majesté offenders living abroad. Meanwhile, the junta has urged people to use the legal process rather than violence. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 18 October 2016, Justice Minister Paiboon Kumchaya was asked by the media for his opinion about the <a href="">vigilante attack against a soy milk seller in Phuket </a>accused of lèse majesté that occurred three days earlier. </div></div>
<div> <div>Despite standing next to a police officer, an elderly woman with a mental illness has been slapped in the face for allegedly insulting King Bhumibol. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since 17 October 2016, Thai social media has been sharing a video clip of an elderly woman being scorned on a public bus. </div></div>
<div>A hyper-royalist doctor has urged Thai people in Paris to hunt for a lèse-majesté refugee and those who shelter her.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 16 October, Rienthong Nanna, chairman of the ultra-royalist vigilante group Rubbish Collection Organisation (RCO), <a href=";id=437000306508309">posted</a> on his Facebook account the address of Wanna, a Thai living in Paris. </div>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8f27d0e6-e683-9158-0bc6-428ab77f92a2">After being attacked by Thai ultra-royalists who who resented the UNHCR for the alleged role in givingถ a lese majeste suspect refugee status, the Thailand’s branch of UNHCR closed down its facebook fan page.</span></p>